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Limousine Hiring For Dummies

If you’re considering hiring a limousine service, there are a number of factors you have to consider before you zero in on a limousine operator. Or else, you will be taken for a fine ride. The rental cost is quite important, but it should never be the sole deciding factor. To help you choose the best limousine company for your needs, we’ve created a list of questions that you shouldn’t hesitate to ask. A reliable and professional limousine operator will willingly give you all the answers.

How long has the limousine operator been in business and how many cars do they have in their fleet?

An established limousine operator is not always better than a new one. However, its quite crucial that an operator has ample cars as back up just in case the one you’re riding in breaks down.

What type of limousine do you require?

Limousines are nowadays available in various styles and colors. Will the limousine operator be able to provide the particular style that you’re looking for?

How are the chauffeurs?

Its important that the chauffeur driving the limousine is a professional, well attired, experienced, licensed and trained. You obviously wanted to be treated in style and have someone who will open your doors and carry your luggage. At the same time, you don’t want someone who will cut lanes and race you down the road.

What about pick ups and drops?

Will your operator arrange for you to be picked up and drive you exactly to your destination? What about the return journey? Does the limousine operator run services in those areas? It best to make it clear where you would want to be picked up from and the time you want to be collected. Do this before you pay any money.

What are the rental charges?

Always ask your operator what the rental charge for the particular car you’re hiring is. Rental fees vary with the type of the vehicle and the duration you’ll be hiring it for. Most companies charge you for a minimum number of hours, even if you wont be using the car for that long.

What about payment?

How are you supposed to pay? Payment methods may be different for different limousine companies. Generally, half the total rental fee is paid by credit or debit card at the time of the booking. The balance is paid in cash to the driver.

What about Insurance?

Some companies evade insuring their vehicles and occupants as its an expensive overhead. The law requires all limousine rental companies to arrange for proper private hire insurance. Its best that you check this with the limousine operator. A professional limousine operator will be able to provide you with proof of their insurance details.

Once you’ve verified all these questions, be assured that the limousine operator is reliable and professional. You can sit back then and enjoy your journey!

Business Coaching

I have this philosophy that I seem to live by lately. Since I am so busy working on or in my businesses, I really hate to sit down and figure stuff out. I am at the point in my life where I can live without that frustration. I would rather just someone sit me down and tell me to do this, then this, then this. Order or a check list is something I can relate to and would rather spend my time with. Figuring something out is dead time for me; I would rather pay someone else to teach me how to be an expert in something. Outsourcing talent like this is the mentality you need to absorb if you want to be successful in small business and in e commerce.

When I was a kid I loved sports. My father was not a sports guy, so throwing the ball around in the backyard and getting instruction was not in the cards for me. So I learned by myself and figured it out by trial and error. Is this a bad thing? It might be or it might not matter at all, depending on what your goals are. Today I enjoy teaching my son sports and giving him instruction. I think about the fact that if he learns some fundamentals and some good form now, he will be ahead of the pack later on. This may or may not be true if the boy does not show talent or is not interested. The same goes for business.

Think of all the research time you spend trying to figure something out. I have spent countless thousands of hours trying to figure out concepts or business models just to decide if something is worth pursuing or not. A lot of time is spent figuring out if the “guru” who is teaching me or guiding me knows what they are doing or are a legitimate example. I have seen so many products or eBooks claiming they will show you everything you want to know to become the expert in a certain area. Half the battle for me is deciding if this person is a real expert or someone that is just trying to con me out of my hard earned money. There are people who can teach and there are people who “do” I want the guy that can do both. Enter the business coach.

So what does this business coach do for you? Well for me, I like the practical approach. I say, here are my goals, what are the steps to attain it? Give me a list to check off and show me what I don’t know. I want to be reassured I am going in the right direction, not that the direction is worth following. I will gladly pay you money if you show me what to do. This should be your approach too. Do enough homework to know what direction you want to go in. Get educated in what the avenues are so that you can start down one when given instruction. A good example of this is search engine optimization if you have a web site. There is a ton of different ways to market your site, but which one is best? Get familiar with a lot of them and then hire a coach. Tell him what your goals are, if he is listening and has some experience they will know what to tell you. If they don’t, you will have just enough knowledge to know to move on to the next one.

Putting Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

Have you ever just sat down to brunch on a quiet morning at home and had the doorbell ring? Have you ever opened your email and found 25 spam mails where someone was trying to sell you something? It makes you wish that the sales people of the world would just leave you to hell alone and let you get on with a nice weekend.

Now put yourself in the shoes of a good dev person who is not really looking for a new job. They have nothing that they really want to change about their life and they aren’t actually looking for a new job.

You are the sales person who is annoying them and trying to get them to notice you. They know quite well that you’re receiving a good commission so the standard mindset is that you’re using them to get a nice payday.

How would that make you feel? Would you be put off and looking for a way to get them out of your view? In most cases, that’s how your dev prospects feel.

Most of us as dev recruiters don’t take the time to put ourselves in the prospect or the candidates shoes. We don’t get why they might feel uncomfortable and why they might be uncomfortable putting their future in the hands of someone they don’t know and are not sure has their best interests at heart.

If you put yourself in the candidates shoes then you’ll take a different approach. You’ll show them somehow that while you are getting a paycheck you do genuinely care about the job you are filling and the person who will fill it. Your prospects do not want to be sold. They want to be considered and cared about and they want you to show them that your prospects or candidates are respected for their skills and their accomplishments.

If you’re looking for great candidates and you want them to really listen to you, it’s way past time to get over the old tired sales techniques and move on to something new and something different… something that actually works.

Get creative and think seriously about what you would want if you were a candidate and then offer that something new and unique to them. You might be surprised how well it works.

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Freelance Copy-writing Jobs

copy-writingCopy-writing. You can find that there are numerous freelance copy writing jobs out there.  Within this article today, we’ll look at a couple of the different websites and how you can make sure to set yourself apart from all of the other freelancers out there.

Our first task is to identify the different marketplaces where you should have a subscription. The website that will be profiled first is www.elance.com. This particular marketplace has a very strong following as more than 100,000 potential customers visit the website each week.  You are able to sign up to sell your services and the system allows you to upload your best work to sell yourself to potential clients.  There is also a search agent in place so that you can have jobs that meet your criteria e-mailed to you on a daily basis.  Cost for a subscription to this particular website can range from eight dollars per month up to one hundred twenty dollars per month.

The second website which you should look to register for it is www.guru.com. This is actually the largest online freelance marketplace on the Internet to look for online jobs including freelance copy-writing jobs.  The capabilities of this website are similar to the ones that were posted in the paragraph above for that particular website.  It has a service provider base of over 900,000 people.  If you live in Europe, you can use both of these websites as well as a European challenge to these two, which is found at www.getafreelancer.com.  There are many other websites that also offer a freelance online marketplace and one of these is www.directfreelance.com.

This should get you started in being able to find different websites and which you can bid on projects.  When you are bidding on projects, companies that are looking at the bids will not be looking just at price but also at how their work will be done.  To do this you will want to set yourself apart.  The way that you can set yourself apart in creating a bid is to include copies of your best work but also make sure that you include testimonials along with a sales letter on why you will be the best party bidding on this particular project.  By doing this, you will be tailoring your message to the particular party and you will be showing them examples of your past work along with happy clients.  This will help improve your credibility and firmly anchor you as a potential candidate who can get the job done.  Many copywriters do not have a website today so if you take the opportunity to create a website, you will find that you could have a competitive advantage in the freelance copywriting jobs market.

Hopefully, this article on freelance copy-writing jobs has helped you.  It is important to know which websites you should use in finding work but it is also important to find ways to set yourself apart.  By creating a website as well as creating an advertising package that shows off your best side, you are setting yourself up to stand apart from other freelancers.  You are selling yourself when you create this package so keep that in mind.

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